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    The last paragraph contradicts the second-last paragrap, which implies they are not “political prisoners”:

    “A political prisoner is a person who is imprisoned for his political beliefs or actions” = “While some of them have been released (those who abandoned the unilateral declaration of independence and will abide by the constitution)…”

    So, actually, they are indeed imprisoned for their political beliefs. Please, correct me if I’m wrong.

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      Hello Joan,

      Thank you for your comment. I think that the definition of “political prisoners” implies that they are people who are imprisoned for their beliefs and political ideology. In this case, these Catalan politicians were able to defend their ideas in the Catalan parliament and society very freely before the (according to Spanish law) illegal referendum that took place on October 1st. While I agree that imprisonment for these political actions is extreme, I would not classify them as political prisoners myself. When there is an established legal framework and people decide to act against it, they must acknowledge that they are bound to be held responsible for their actions. Furthermore, the arrests were ordered by judges, and the Catalan leaders are awaiting trial. The fact that those leaders who decided to abandon the unilateral declaration of independence have been released has to do, in my opinion, with the observation by the judges that they won´t persevere in the (according to Spanish law) illegal actions that caused their arrest in the first place.

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        Hi Andrew,
        First of all, thanks for your reply. I don’t agree with you but I think this is not the right place to discuss the issue. We should leave to the readers the consideration of whether they are political prisoners. The article should reflect just the facts.
        Actually, the text should be updated as last Friday the judge decided to jail the leaders you mention (those who explicitly decided to abandon the unilateral declaration of independence and were first left free with bail).
        References:
        https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/the-latest-catalan-politician-says-shes-going-into-exile/2018/03/23/07fe4f86-2e7f-11e8-8dc9-3b51e028b845_story.html?utm_term=.c80adabe3962

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/07/amnesty-calls-for-immediate-release-of-jordi-sanchez-jailed-catalan-leader

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/25/catalan-leader-carles-puigdemont-held-by-german-police

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